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Southern car plants are humming, but worker vaccinations have stalled

Jun 21, 2021
Auto makers are trying to figure out the best way to encourage more workers to get vaccinated.
General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee site, along with most car plants, is continuing to require masks for employees building cars as many plants struggle to reach a level of herd immunity.
Courtesy of GM

Hyundai reportedly buying robot-maker Boston Dynamics

Dec 10, 2020
If the deal goes through, it would be the third time in seven years that Boston Dynamics has been bought.
People take pictures and videos of Spot, Boston Dynamics' robot dog, during a presentation on the last day of the Web Summit in Lisbon in 2019.
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The darkest building on the planet is at the Olympics

The structure in Pyeongchang is painted with what its maker says is the darkest man-made substance, a material that absorbs 99 percent of light.
The Hyundai Pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, designed by Asif Khan, is coated with Vantablack VBx2.
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How the EPA made gas-mileage numbers accurate

Feb 24, 2015
The EPA has increasingly made mileage tests a more accurate measure of reality